Women Hold Up Half The Sky

education, poverty, wellness, women
Tansa Valley, India

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There’s a growing recognition that focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty. PRASAD Chikitsa helps empower women in India’s Tansa Valley through the creation of Self-Help Groups (SHGs). Self-Help Groups provide leadership training, financial literacy and help women combat problems like indebtedness, alcoholism and illiteracy.

How this project makes a difference

This goodcircle project will fund 228 PRASAD Chikitsa Self-Help Groups in the Tansa Valley for one year, directly impacting more than 2800 women and the many lives they touch. Evidence shows that when we empower women, they bring their families and communities along with them. PRASAD’s program has demonstrated great success due to the ongoing support, training and motivation provided by the Self-Help Groups:

  • Basic financial literacy: from signing their name to accounting skills, and access to bank accounts and other financial services
  • Motivational training: PRASAD motivates women to believe in a brighter future; to start new initiatives, to be passionate leaders, and to get involved in community activities.
  • Group activism: use collective group action to show the power of women together to address social gender-based constraints.
  • Exposure to women role models and successful businesses: The SHG’s go on visits appropriate to their Group’s activity.
  • Leadership skills training: including communication and group management.
  • Counseling

Our Goal

The cost of this project is $16,275.00, which includes all administrative fees. (Each Self-Help Group costs roughly $66.00 per year.) Every donation will be matched 1 for 1. Main Beach Surf + Sport of Wainscott, NY has offered to match every donation, dollar for dollar, for the next 60 days or until the project reaches its funding goal. That’s an incredible opportunity. A $33.00 donation from you, matched by Main Beach funds one Self-Help Group for 1 year! You can empower 10 – 20 women with a $33.00 donation.

Thank you!
This project ended 10/24/2014 and raised a total of $16,384

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